Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
You will leave the port aboard a coach for a three-hour drive along the scenic National Route 1 over the Hai Van tunnel to reach Hue city. Following your descent, you will cross Lang Co fishing village situated on a peninsula of palm-shaded sand lapped by a crystal-clear sea. Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit King Tu Duc's Mausoleum, one of the most majestic of the royal tombs. Located in a narrow valley in Duong Xuan Thuong Village, 8km from Hue City, Tu Duc Tomb is considered as one of the most beautiful and picturesque and largest works of architecture of Nguyen Dynasty’s royal palaces and tombs. People say that Tu Duc Tomb is a must in every tour to Hue City. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. The construction of Tu Duc’s tomb requires an incredible amount of money and labour, thus resulted in a rebellion of workers. Therefore, the tomb was renamed as Khiem Lang, in comparison with the former name: Van Nien Co (expresses the wish to be permanent). In addition, all the constructions’ names were changed to bear the word Khiem (Modesty) in their names, as the king wanted to express his humility. It was the place where he could retreat from the Citadel to compose poetry or go hunting because the monument was finished when the king was still in reign. The design of the tomb is said to clearly reflect the profound knowledge and romance of the king’s characteristics.. After visiting the mausoleum you'll stop at Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda for an inside visit. The pagoda was built during the seventeenth century, on Ha Khe Hill on the left bank of the Perfume River, and was rebuilt several times. It now covers an area of 4 hectares and features several noteworthy works and valuable objects: Phuoc Duyen Tower with seven tiers, each of which was dedicated to the worship of one of the reincarnations of Buddha; the Dai Hong Chung Bell, which was cast during the eighteenth century and weighs 2,052 kilogram’s; and a marble stele 2.3 meters high and 1.2 meters wide, which was carved in 1715 and is mounted on a marble tortoise. You will proceed to a local restaurant, where you will enjoy an Imperial Court-style lunch with delicious Vietnamese specialties. Your tour will then continue with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, whose design was based on that of Beijing's Forbidden City. It is made up of three separate walled enclosures: the Exterior Enclosure, the Imperial Enclosure and the Forbidden Purple City. Unfortunately, the Royal Citadel sustained heavy damage during the war and many of its majestic buildings were destroyed. However, since being recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, considerable restoration has been carried out to recover its overall magnificence, and you will find it a fascinating place to explore. The Five Phoenix Watch Tower, where the king used to sit during grand royal rituals, is especially interesting.
What you need to know
Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Space is limited, so please reserve early. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. The coach ride between Da Nang and Hue takes about 3 hours. Don't forget to bring mosquitoes repellent.